on January 29, 2003
Thermal Radiation Heat Transfer by Robert Siegel and John Howell is probably the ,most widely used text for graduate students and is the book I have probably used more than any other in my professional engineering career. Originally published in the 1960's as a NASA Special Publication (SP-164), this book has been significantly updated three times since its initial published in 1972. In this latest version of the book, the authors cover the standard radiation heat transfer topics, such as the Stefan-Boltzmann relation, blackbody radiation, the various forms of optical surfaces properties (emissivity, transmissivity, absorptivity, diffuse, specular and much more), and an enclosure analysis. Topics, which are often overlooked in other textbooks, such as gas radiation, scattering, multi-mode heat, the Maxwell relationships, are given a thorough examination in this book. Furthermore, this latest edition of the book includes a CD-ROM contains a catalog of 290 configuration factors in algebraic or graphical form, plus homework problems. Finally, if you are looking for an excellent textbook which covers almost aspects of radiation heat, this book is a must, especially for those people planning of a career in which is involved with heat transfer.
on March 6, 2002
This is fourth edition of excellent monograph that comprises all theoretical and computational problems of radiative heat transfer. In comparison with the previous edition, the book of R. Siegel and J. R. Howell is updated by the state-of-the-art material concerning the analysis of radiative heat transfer in absorbing, emitting, and scattering media, in semitransparent bodies, modern applications of Monte Carlo method etc. The book may serve a great textbook for university students, as well as a great reference book for all experts in radiation heat transfer. Accompanying CD-ROM with the catalog of radiation configuration factors (bibliographic rarity, up to a recent time available only on John Howell's web site) will be a reliable tool to everyone who deals with computation of radiation transfer within system of diffuse surfaces. I beleive this is a best book in its area (you may compare with the books of Sparrow & Cess or Modest)
on December 5, 1998
This book is scientifically applicable, but lacks certain validity concerning heat retention, and other various forms heat transfer. I would reccomend this book to anybody who is interested in thermodynamics, but a profound interest it must be, because for most, it may seem a little dry. I give it 2 stars, but I would have given it higher if it's theories had been more precise. Mr. Siegel obviously knows his thermodynamics , though, and it is a rather intriguing book, once you get into the more exciting thermal theories. A good book, all in all, and I hope Mr.Siegel authors other books that I may be able to obtain.